Sheepdogs to come around
IT’S not just classic car clubs and equestrian enthusiasts coming to the region in their droves; cyclists and international sheep-dog triallists are also eyeing the Rose City and its surrounds for their events.
A major working dogs event next year will give Warwick international TV exposure.
The National Sheep Dog Trials and Trans-Tasman Challenge will be held in Warwick in September, 2012.
Over 500 spectators are expected to attend the 10-day event, which will be televised.
The Cycle Queensland field will pass through the Southern Downs during its nine day, 570km event, which leaves Texas on Monday 12 September.
The organisation plans a rest day in Stanthorpe on September 13 and an overnight say in Killarney the following night.
With over 1200 participants, the event could inject $600,000 into the region with council officers predicting 75 per cent of participants were likely to return in a private capacity.
News of these two events comes after Stanthorpe successfully hosted the Citroen Car Club Cit-In and Warwick the Pontiac Car Club over the Easter weekend.
It’s understood Pontiac Car Club members enjoyed their stay so much they are considering a return leg.
While the events clearly provide an economic injection to the region, council is divided over how much financial support it should provide to events organised by outsiders.
In discussing the sheep dog event at this week’s corporate services committee meeting, Cr Jo McNally questioned how much money council was going to put into these events when it already funds three tourism organisations.
“I think it’s a great opportunity but, again, we are giving out a substantial amount of money,” she said.
“When is it going to stop?
“How much is too much?”
It was a question Cr Denise Ingram also raised a number of times after the Citroen Car Club Cit-In had to fight hard to receive any funding.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said it was impossible to allocate a specific budget amount for events, as it varied each year.
“But it’s community money and we need to invest it and ensure we are attracting this sort of event into the region,” he said.
Council moved to support the events with the actual amount to be decided at a later date.